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Black Diamond Income Fund Reports Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2009

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 12, 2009) - Black Diamond Income Fund (TSX:BDI.UN) ("Black Diamond" or the "Fund") is pleased to announce its financial and operational results for the three months ended June 30, 2009. 

Revenue generated was $16.7 million with EBITDA of $8.3 million for the period, compared to revenue of $16.1 million and EBITDA of $8.1 million for the same period in 2008. This represents growth of 4% in revenues and 3% in EBITDA from the prior year. The general slowdown in the economic activity affecting all sectors in which the Fund participates resulted in lower than expected utilization rates in the Space rentals and Surface Rentals fleets of the Fund. Despite this slowdown, the Fund achieved growth due to the increase in the rental fleet from the prior year. Rental revenues were $9.5 million as compared to $7.7 million for the second quarter of 2008 - a 23% increase. Non rental revenues were $7.2 million as compared to $8.4 million in the second quarter of 2008 - a 17% decrease.

Gross profit for the quarter was $11.1 million, up 11% from the second quarter of 2008. This represents a gross profit margin of 67%, which is higher than the 62% realized in 2008 due to the higher percentage of revenues being generated from rental activity. Earnings for the quarter were $3.5 million, compared with $5.0 million for the second quarter of 2008. This decline was largely due to the increase in amortization and future tax expense realized in the quarter. The Fund reduced its net debt position by a further $2.2 million in the quarter resulting in a net debt position at June 30, 2009 of $39.0 million.

Capital spending was $1.9 million for the quarter, most of which was deployed in the US where the Fund began a new growth initiative to broaden its operating base. Approximately $3 million of capital expenditures are expected for the third quarter. $33 million of budgeted capital expenditure was approved for 2009, management is currently estimating that actual expenditures for the year will be in the range of $18-20 million.

The Fund continues to explore opportunities to expand its fleet and operating territory. Effective July 30, the Fund purchased US$1.15 million of workforce accommodation assets in Alaska. This is in addition to the April acquisition of a space rentals fleet in the U.S. Midwest that initiated the U.S. operations. These additional operating locations coupled with continued organic growth of existing operations position the Fund for continued expansion.

The Workforce Accommodations division of the Fund generated $9.9 million of revenue from rental activity which is 29% higher than the rental revenues achieved in the prior year. This is reflective of the increase in the fleet deployed in this division. As a result of $2.6 million less operational revenues in the quarter as compared to the prior year, the overall revenue for the division was $1.2 million lower. The rental rates and utilization on this fleet is consistent with the prior year, so the margin and contribution from Workforce Accommodations is higher than in the prior year.

The Space Rentals division has grown its fleet size by 31% from June 30, 2008. Due to the economic slowdown in all areas where Space Rentals is active, utilization of this fleet was below historical averages. As a result, the division's rental revenues grew by only 3%. However, in addition to the modest growth in the rental revenues, was an increase in the operational revenues of 38% resulting in an overall increase in revenues for the division of 17% from the second quarter of 2008. The division is currently experiencing a modest recovery in fleet utilization in both Alberta and Ontario.

The Energy Services division generated $2.8 million in revenues representing an increase of 81% from the prior year due to the increase in the scale of assets deployed in the division from the prior year. The drilling accommodations unit count is up 35% to 240 units while the surface rental equipment has increased to greater than 1,000 pieces from 95 a year earlier. Drilling accommodations continues to benefit from existing long term contracts resulting in utilization that exceeds industry averages. The division's surface rental fleet is generating utilization rates consistent with the currently low industry average. Modest improvement is expected in surface rental utilization for the balance of 2009.

The Fund continues to distribute $0.09 per unit per month ($1.08 per unit annually) resulting in a payout ratio for the quarter of 39%. The payout ratio for the year to date is 31%. Management currently anticipates that the cash generated from operations will be sufficient to allow the Fund to meet ongoing requirements for working capital, interest costs, planned capital expenditures, as well as distributions to unitholders.

Third quarter rental revenue is expected to be consistent with the second quarter. Modest improvements are expected in Surface Rental and Space Rentals utilization while field operations revenue continues to be soft. Margins and payout ratio should trend in line with those generated in the first half of the year. 

The Fund is experiencing an increase in major project bid requests along with a general pick-up in sales activity across all Divisions. Management believes that this signals improving economic conditions in the resource and infrastructure sectors which should lead to higher fleet utilization and activity levels for the Fund over the next several quarters.

Summary Financial Statements

The following is a summary of the Fund's consolidated balance sheets as at June 30, 2009 and December 31, 2008, the Fund's consolidated statements of net income, comprehensive income and accumulated income (loss) and consolidated statements of cash flows for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009 and 2008. These summary statements should be read in conjunction with the Fund's consolidated financial statements including the accompanying notes for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009 as filed on SEDAR.

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Black Diamond Income Fund
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited)

(Expressed in thousands of dollars)

As at                                                June 30,   December 31,
                                                        2009           2008
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                                                           $              $
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ASSETS
Current
 Cash                                                  1,536              -
 Accounts receivable                                  10,255         19,877
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets             1,085          1,846
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                                                      12,876         21,723

Property and equipment                               134,723        129,884
Intangibles                                           10,242         10,737
Goodwill                                              29,316         29,316
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                                                     187,157        191,660
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LIABILITIES AND UNITHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current
 Bank indebtedness                                         -          4,889
 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities              6,559          9,865
 Distributions payable                                 1,065          1,065
 Current portion of capital lease obligation             620            602
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                                                       8,244         16,421

Capital lease obligation                                 885          1,200
Long-term debt                                        39,000         42,000
Future income taxes                                   13,331         12,776
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                                                      61,460         72,397
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Commitments

Unitholders' equity
 Trust units and exchangeable partnership units      119,446        119,446
 Contributed surplus                                     716            525
 Accumulated income (loss), after accumulated
  distributions                                        5,535           (708)
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                                                     125,697        119,263
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                                                     187,157        191,660
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Black Diamond Income Fund
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF NET INCOME, COMPREHENSIVE
INCOME AND ACCUMULATED INCOME (LOSS)
(unaudited)

(Expressed in thousands of dollars, except per unit amounts)

                                     Three months ended    Six months ended
                                      June 30,  June 30,  June 30,  June 30,
                                         2009      2008      2009      2008
                                            $         $         $         $
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Revenue                                16,669    16,081    43,542    31,335

Direct costs                            5,524     6,050    16,861    12,357
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                                       11,145    10,031    26,681    18,978
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Expenses
Selling, general and administrative
 costs                                  2,870     1,883     5,585     3,539
Amortization of property and
 equipment                              3,356     2,027     6,527     3,761
Amortization of intangibles               247       248       495       495
Interest on long-term debt                327       436       694       908
Unit-based compensation                   102        98       191       164
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                                        6,902     4,692    13,492     8,867
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Net earnings before income taxes        4,243     5,339    13,189    10,111

Future income tax expense                 777       384       555     1,189
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Net income and comprehensive income
 for the period                         3,466     4,955    12,634     8,922

Accumulated income (loss) after
 accumulated distributions,             
 beginning of period                    5,264    (7,594)     (708)   (8,996)
Distributions declared                 (3,195)   (2,763)   (6,391)   (5,328)
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Accumulated income (loss) after
 accumulated distributions,             
 end of period                          5,535    (5,402)    5,535    (5,402)
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Net income per unit
Basic                                    0.29      0.50      1.07      0.92
Diluted                                  0.29      0.49      1.06      0.90
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Black Diamond Income Fund
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(unaudited)
(Expressed in thousands of dollars)

                                     Three months ended    Six months ended
                                      June 30,  June 30,  June 30,  June 30,
                                         2009      2008      2009      2008
                                            $         $         $         $
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Operating activities
Net income for the period               3,466     4,955    12,634     8,922
Add non-cash items:
 Amortization of property and
  equipment                             3,356     2,027     6,527     3,761
 Amortization of intangibles              247       248       495       495
 Future income taxes                      777       384       555     1,189
 Unit-based compensation expense          102        98       191       164
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                                        7,948     7,712    20,402    14,531
Change in non-cash working capital
 related to operating activities         (198)    1,475     8,910     1,016
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                                        7,750     9,187    29,312    15,547
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Investing activities
Purchase of property and equipment     (1,752)   (7,860)  (11,367)  (17,785)
Change in non-cash working capital
 related to investing activities         (589)    1,864    (1,833)   (1,511)
                                       (2,341)   (5,996)  (13,200)  (19,296)
Financing activities
Proceeds from long-term debt                -     7,700     1,000    14,700
Repayment of long-term debt            (4,000)  (30,420)   (4,000)  (30,420)
Repayment of capital lease               (149)     (141)     (296)     (188)
Net proceeds from issuance of units         -    26,486         -    26,486
Distribution payments                  (3,195)   (2,585)   (6,391)   (5,130)
Bank Indebtedness                           -    (1,608)   (4,889)        -
Unit options exercised                      -       (82)        -       (90)
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                                       (7,344)      958   (14,576)    5,358
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Increase (decrease) in cash            (1,935)    4,149     1,536     1,609
Cash (Bank indebtedness), beginning
 of period                              3,471    (1,608)        -       932
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Cash, end of period                     1,536     2,541     1,536     2,541
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Additional Information

A copy of the Fund's consolidated financial statements for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009 and management's discussion and analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009 have been filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com).

Conference Call

Black Diamond will host a conference call for analysts, investors and interested parties to discuss its financial and operational results at 4:30 p.m. MDT on August 12, 2009. Trevor Haynes, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Michael Burnyeat, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, will be in attendance. The call can be accessed by calling 416-695-6120 or toll free 1-866-902-2211 prior to the scheduled start time. Digital playback of the conference call will be available on the Fund's website.

About Black Diamond

The Fund is an unincorporated open-ended investment trust governed by the laws of the Province of Alberta. The principal undertaking of the Fund, through its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Black Diamond Limited Partnership, is to rent modular structures for use as workforce accommodation and temporary workspace, rent various types of oilfield equipment used in the exploration and production of oil and gas and to provide complementary services including transportation, installation, dismantling, repair and maintenance of modular structures and oilfield rental equipment, as well as related services through three operating divisions consisting of Workforce Accommodations, Space Rentals and Energy Services. 

Reader Advisory

Certain information in this news release contains forward-looking statements including management's assessment of future plans and operations of Black Diamond including, without limitation, statements relating to utilization rates, fleet size, revenue, cash flows, capital expenditures, further deployment of equipment, demand from existing and new customers and distribution levels. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond Black Diamond's control including, without limitation, the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, fluctuation of commodity prices, fluctuation of exchange rates, environmental risks, industry competition, availability of qualified personnel and management, stock market volatility, timely and cost effective access to sufficient capital from internal and external sources. As a consequence, actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that the forgoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect Black Diamond's operations and financial results are included in reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com) and at Black Diamond's website (www.blackdiamondincomefund.com). Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as at the date of this news release and Black Diamond does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities laws.

In this news release, the following terms have been referenced: EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortization), gross profit and payout ratio. Readers are cautioned that these measures are not defined under Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"). Readers are cautioned that these non-GAAP measures are not alternatives to measures under GAAP and should not, on their own, be construed as an indicator of the Fund's performance or cash flows, a measure of liquidity or as a measure of actual return on the trust units of the Fund. These Non-GAAP measures should only be used in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements of the Fund. A reconciliation between these measures and measures defined under GAAP is included in management's discussion and analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009 filed on SEDAR.

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